Fishing Friends

Theresa Sutton, Phil King & Keith Sutton during the Big Cat Quest weigh-in

Alexander, AR- “Catfish” Keith Sutton smiled as my SUV climbed up his driveway. “You can park here,” he said as I turned the corner. Thus began my first visit at the Sutton home. Theresa greeted me with a big hug as I entered the door. She said, “Make yourself at home” as she checked on a pot of venison-dirty rice. We visited some more as Keith began work on the entrée of “Spencer’s cook it till you starve venison”. (Tasty venison steaks with gravy)

We visited on the deck as the entrée simmered. Topics ranged from Huckleberry bushes, to Road Runners, to outdoor survival. Sutton is the kind of man who should be the actor in the “The most interesting man in the world” commercials. He just fits the bill. Sutton’s writing and photography skills are stellar.

You have probably guessed by now that dinner was wonderful. Theresa served up some awesome peanut butter pie and fresh coffee afterwards.

Hibernating bears do not sleep as deeply as I did that night. Theresa hugged us goodbye as she left for the office the next morning. Then Keith and I ran to a restaurant for a quick breakfast.

This was an opportunity to discuss his favorite subject, The Future Fisherman Foundation. This organization has done so much to teach fishing to youngsters over the years. The more he talked, the more I realized God chose Keith for this job as the foundation’s executive director. While his passion was obvious, his ideas were inspiring.

We said our goodbyes and parted after breakfast. My mind began to wander as the Little Rock traffic disappeared in the rearview mirror. How was I blessed with such great friends?

You can keep up with Keith on his blog: www.catfishgumbo.blogspot.com. Check out his informative books at: www.catfishsutton.com

Next week, fishing with Jimmy Houston (and eating Chris’s cooking.)

Blessings, -TJ

About TJ Stallings

45-year tackle industry veteran Marketing and Crazy Ideas at TTI-Blakemore Fishing Group (Home of Road Runner Lures and six hook brands including Tru-Turn, Daiichi, XPoint, Team Catfish, Mr. Crappie and StandOUT Hooks.) Home of Gun Protect. The opinions expressed in this blog are those of TJ Stallings and not necessarily those of TTI-Blakemore.
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